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New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741 & Slavery, Freedom, and the Law in the Atlantic World

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When in 1741 a rash of fires followed theft in pre-revolutionary New York City, British colonial authorities came to suspect an elaborate conspiracy led by slaves and poor whites who intended to burn the city and hand it over to Britain's Catholic foes. Within seven months, roughly 200 people were arrested, 17 were hanged, and 70 others were expelled from New York. This book abridges the transcript Justice Daniel Horsmanden kept of the trials. His record of the testimony of slaves and working-class, and gender relationships in colonial New York City and raises questions about the nature and extent of the alleged conspiracy. Serena Zabin's introduction provides context by describing slavery, tavern culture, and the legal system as well as explaining British tensions with France and Spain. Additional documents include newspaper accounts of the Antigua and Stono Rebellions and letters concerning the 1741 trials to help students make connections among these uprisings and the atmosphere of fear and suspicion they created. Document headnotes and glosses, lists of trial participants, a chronology of events, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index provide strong pedagogical support.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312548520
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Author:
Peabody, Sue
Author:
Zabin, Serena R.
Author:
Grinberg, Keila
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Edition Description:
Quantity Pack
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 in

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History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » World History » General

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